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Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Tradewinds dog park

Hi Tom,Thank so much for all your help (and Jeremy’s) in helping rehabilitate Ella, the 1½-year-old foster dog. As you know, she is now...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Benson Blu — ‘BB’

Dear Dogcharmer,What is the best way to train one’s dog not to chase other animals: birds, squirrels, cats, etc.?Thanks,DianaDear Diana,Antelope and zebras are prey...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Riley the runaway

Hi, Tom,I have a 7-year-old male Lab-mix rescue, whom I’ve had for 2½ years. His name is Riley. He came from a kill shelter...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Dog-on-dog aggression

Hi Tom,I recently adopted a medium-size 2-year-old male Doberman mix. He loves people, and is the sweetest boy at home, but he completely loses...

Ask Tom, the dogcharmer: Nina

Dear Dogcharmer,Why does my dog bark so much when people get close to the door? Even when she is with me in the car,...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Separation anxiety

Tom,We have a warm, loving dog, who is very happy when we have company. But when our guests are ready to leave, he becomes...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Cleopatra

Dear Tom,I brought home a sweet little rescue dog about a week ago. She's approximately 9 months old, and looks to be a chihuahua...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: George

Dear Tom,I have a 12-year-old French bulldog named George who seems to be completely deaf now. He doesn’t hear me calling him, or respond...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Rosie

Hi,I have a 13½-pound Teddy Bear puppy that licks all the time. She will lick hands, clothes, her forelegs, and as much of the...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Zazu

Hi Tom,Zazu is a 13-year-old shelter dog. She was on the side of the roadin Kentucky, with her puppies. She’s always been passive-aggressive and...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Angus

Dear Dogcharmer,I have a two-part question.My 14-year-old Boston terrier, Angus, has slowly gone blind over the past year and a half due to cataracts....

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Tashmoo

Dear Tom,First of all — totally enjoyed your presentation in the Campgrounds in August, and have requested that they have you again next year.We...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Dealing with Cujo

Dear Tom,I have a job that takes me onto people’s property. Is there a device, maybe a whistle, that would stop or drive away...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Big Poppa

Dear Dogcharmer,We recently brought home a 5-year-old male Weimaraner who has spent his whole life as “Big Poppa,” living in a cage in a...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Mesa

Dear Dogcharmer,I am writing to you today about my pup Mesa. She is about 5 years old, 40 pounds, and very sweet. I found...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: The nipper

By Tom ShelbyHi Tom!I have a 5-month-old female Amstaff/greyhound mix who keeps nipping at my three kids. She is playful, but it hurts at...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Maysie

Hi Tom,You kept asking me to write an email with a question about our pup Maysie, and now I have one!For the most part,...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: A letter from Mr. Henry

Dear Mr. Shelby,Thanks so much for coming over to my house today to straighten them out. They have been using way too many words...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Stubborn puppy

Dear Dogcharmer,When I am ready to head home from a walk, my 3-month-old puppy will lie down and refuse to turn around. My dog...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Bert and Kim

Dear Dogcharmer,This is a picture of Bert and me. How do you make a dog less shy?Another question: Can we train Bert to not...